The wine region of Rioja Province is located in North-Eastern Spain. One of Spain's smallest provinces, it boasts more than 500 wineries and produces more than 175 million bottles of wine a year. Production of La Rioja wine has a long history dating back to the 800s, and the region has D.O.Ca., (denominación de origen calificada, or Qualified Designation of Origin) status.
Traditional wine varieties from the La Rioja province are blends with single origin varieties quite rare. Best known for its Tempranillo wines, other authorised red varieties are Garnacha tinta, Mazuelo and Graciano. White wines grown in the region are Viura, Malvasía and Garnacha blanca. Maturana tinta is an indigenous variety that has recently been authorised by the Regulating Council of the D.O.Ca.
Rioja province is not to be confused with La Rioja in Argentina. An extensive court case was settled in 2011 allowing Argentina to continue to use the La Rioja name. La Rioja Spanish wines are red Tempranillo based wines, and La Rioja Argentinian wines are white Torrontes based.